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Best Frequent Flyer Program (2021)

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Savvy frequent travelers know that loyalty to a specific airline can translate to big savings on flights and upgrades. But not all loyalty programs are created equal. 10Best editors teamed up with a miles-and-points expert to nominate the nation's most worthwhile programs–programs with plenty of ways to earn and redeem miles, great coverage and plenty of flight options when it comes time to book that free trip. These are the programs our readers voted the best.

  • Delta SkyMiles

    Delta SkyMiles

    SkyMiles members earn miles with flights on Delta and several partner airlines, as well as through Delta Vacations getaways or through myriad hotel, car rental, restaurant and retail partners. Miles never expire and can be used to book travel on Delta or partner airlines, purchase cabin upgrades or shop on the SkyMiles Marketplace.
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  • Southwest Rapid Rewards

    Southwest Rapid Rewards

    Points never expire with Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards. Southwest offers some 3,900 flights daily, and with no blackout dates and unlimited reward seats, redeeming points is easy. Rapid Rewards members can also earn points on car rentals and hotel stays.
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  • American Airlines AAdvantage

    American Airlines AAdvantage

    AAdvantage miles can be earned and redeemed on both American Airlines and oneworld partner airlines. Miles can be redeemed toward flights, hotels, upgrades and retail products, and they can be earned through more than 1,000 partner companies. 
    Photo courtesy of American Airlines

  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

    Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

    Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members earn miles on every flight that can be redeemed for reward travel, upgrades and companion seats. Members also earn discounts on Virgin Holidays and can earn and spend with a host of partners, like eBay, Tesco and Delta.
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  • United MileagePlus

    United MileagePlus

    United's MileagePlus program is excellent for domestic and international travelers, who can earn and use points with United and more than 30 partner airlines to access over 1,000 destinations around the globe. Besides booking travel, rewards points can go toward hotels, car rentals, cruises, shopping or dining.
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  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

    Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

    Fliers from across the West Coast and major transportation centers throughout the United States can benefit from Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan. Passengers earn miles on every flight, as well as on eligible flights with 15 partner airlines and by booking stays with 11 different hotel partners. Points can be used for booking free flights or cabin upgrades, and elite status begins at just 20,000 miles.
    Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines

  • Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles

    Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles

    Turkish Miles & Smiles might be one of the world’s most underrated frequent flyer programs, but it’s popularity is beginning to explode. The program is loaded with redemption sweet spots that let members travel on the cheap with United, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.
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  • Air France & KLM Flying Blue

    Air France & KLM Flying Blue

    While Flying Blue is the loyalty program for two European airlines, it does offer appealing benefits for American flyers as well, including the ability to earn and redeem miles through SkyTeam airlines and a wide variety of hotel and retail partners. Flying Blue points can also be transferred to and from Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, Hilton HHonors and American Express Membership Rewards.
    Photo courtesy of KLM

  • JetBlue TrueBlue

    JetBlue TrueBlue

    TrueBlue, JetBlue's loyalty program, offers flexible points redemption with no blackout dates or seat restrictions. Passengers earn points on JetBlue flights (bonus points for flights booked through the JetBlue website), as well as flights with six partner airlines, and points never expire. Family Pooling gives families a single shared account to accrue points faster.
    Photo courtesy of JetBlue

  • Spirit Airlines FREE SPIRIT

    Spirit Airlines FREE SPIRIT

    FREE SPIRIT members earn miles on flights and on partner purchases through Choice Hotels, several car rental companies and dining partners. Round-trip award tickets start at 5,000 miles with extra savings during off peak periods.
    Photo courtesy of Spirit Airlines

The top 10 winners in the category Best Frequent Flyer Program are as follows:

  1. Delta SkyMiles
  2. Southwest Rapid Rewards
  3. American Airlines AAdvantage
  4. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  5. United MileagePlus
  6. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  7. Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  8. Air France & KLM Flying Blue
  9. JetBlue TrueBlue
  10. Spirit Airlines FREE SPIRIT

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning frequent flyer programs!

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